Gordian III (as Caesar), Silver Denarius

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Gordian III (as Caesar, 238 AD). Silver Denarius, Mint of Rome. Obverse: Bareheaded bust of Gordian III facing right, M ANT GORDIANVS CAES. Reverse: Priestly implements, PIETAS AVGG. Rare. Extremely…
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Description

Gordian III (as Caesar, 238 AD).

Silver Denarius, Mint of Rome.

Obverse: Bareheaded bust of Gordian III facing right, M ANT GORDIANVS CAES.
Reverse: Priestly implements, PIETAS AVGG.

Rare. Extremely Fine.

2.80gm.

(RIC I; RSC 182)

The Year of the Six Emperors saw the defeat of Maximinus Thrax by Pupienus and Balbinus. The joint reign of the two ex-senators was somewhat disastrous. Having defeated the popular Gordian I and II in Africa, the pair made Gordian I’s grandson Caesar, to please the Roman people. Denarii were issued which feature a young bareheaded portrait, in contrast to the later, more mature profiles. Gordian III was a teenager and survived the purge of the Praetorian Guard, who grew tired of Pupienus and Balbinus’ continuous infighting. Gordian III became sole emperor and ruled for a further six years – not bad for a young emperor in the Third Century. He was, however, murdered by his own troops in 244 AD – an all too familiar end.

Specification

Period238 - 238 AD
DateAD 238
Coin Group

Ancient Rome

Demonination

Denarius

Country

Third Century

Coin House

Gordian III

Metal

Silver

Mint Mark

Rome

ReferencesRIC I; RSC 182
Weight2.8 g

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